Digital literacy can help people understand data protection: Ministry

We have (programs) at different levels

JAKARTA (ANTARA) — Conducting digital education programs is one way to help the community understand privacy at a fundamental level, the Ministry of Communications and Information said.

“We have (programs) at different levels. For the general public (we have that) Indonesia is becoming more digitally empowered (program),” said Communications and Mass Media Expert Staff of the Ministry of Communications and Informatics Devie Rahmawati at the webinar “Gizmo Talk: Challenges to Build Indonesia’s Digital Sovereignty” on Thursday.

Indonesia has faced major challenges over the past two years and the COVID-19 pandemic has required everyone to adopt digital technologies. According to Rahmawati, digital space should be understood as public space.

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When social media accounts are analogized to a digital house, many people can see the contents of the house. Through digital education programs, people are expected to become more aware and smarter about what they share on their social media.

Currently, there are many games on social media that require users to provide their personal information, such as their mother’s maiden name and home address. Sometimes people unknowingly share such data on social media.

In her opinion, educating about privacy and security includes not only how to prevent data leaks, but also what to do if a data leak occurs.

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She cited research from Gadjah Mada University which showed that there are still victims of data breaches – such as those who took out illegal online loans – who are reluctant to report it because they are ashamed and take it as bad luck to have.

The experts advised victims of data leaks to report to the relevant authority so that their cases can be investigated. In her opinion, by reporting, victims are also helping others who have similar problems.

The “Indonesia is Getting More Digitally Capable” program aims to reach 10 million citizens per year. By the end of 2024, there are expected to be around 50 million digitally competent citizens.

Rahmawati said that education and digital literacy programs will never stop as the community currently lives in two worlds: real and digital.

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